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Einstein by Walter Isaacson
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Mar 07, 2012

it was amazing

Such a compelling biography! I’ve listened to the audio version four times now, and it’s 18 discs long! Still, each time I’ve come to the end, I’ve wanted it to keep going. How could one man’s life be so fascinating? He was brilliant, and very sweet, too. He worked on his equations for days at a time, only taking time off to play his violin. As a young man, his theories of special and general relativity shook the world, but as an old man, he couldn’t accept the younger scientists with their quantum mechanics, because he didn’t believe that “Herr Gott” would play dice with the universe. He worked until his dying day on a unified field theory, trying to prove that God used the same laws to govern sub-atomic particles as he used to govern the universe. I like to picture Einstein passing to the other side, meeting God, and seeing that he really does play dice. He would have chuckled at this giant cosmic joke, and then he would have taken out his violin to accompany the angels.

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